The other parties in the dialog with those accused in coup d’etat told about the circumstances of the recording of their conversations; the US State Department called the suspicion of its participation in the coup d’etat an absolute lie; US Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher is denied a visa
18 April 2021 | Voice of Belarus
The other parties in the dialog with those accused of coup d’etat spoke about the circumstances of the recording of their conversations
On 17 April 2021, Alexander Lukashenko said that political analyst Aliaksandr Fiaduta and lawyer Youras Ziankovich, arrested at the beginning of the week, were involved in the planning of an assassination attempt on him and his sons. Later on, the state TV channel ONT broadcast a story about the “coup plotters” (among them arrested by KGB Aliaksandr Fiaduta, Yoras Ziankovich, and Ryhor Kastusiou) who had allegedly planned a military coup d’etat and the assassination of Lukashenko.
Among other things, the story featured a recording of an online conference between Aliaksandr Fiaduta and other “coup plotters” presented as evidence. Pavel Kulazhenka, a former security officer living in New York, had also taken part in this conference. He said that, in fact, the story run on the state TV channel featured the parts of two different online meetings of an open discussion club that had been gathering since January 2021 with the same participants. “In our online club we were discussing the same topics that are being discussed in the kitchen of any Belarusian family every evening: how to speed up Lukashenko’s departure,” Kulazhenka explained. He claims that the club’s agenda was not related to either murders or coups and that the recordings of these meetings were being sent to many people.
The recording was also commented on by another conference participant, scientist Aliaksandr Perapechka, who currently lives in the United States. He said that the records of some of the club’s discussions are periodically published on the geostrategy.info website. He also noted that the topic of the coup d’etat came up only in the context of discussing how to overcome the political crisis in Belarus. “A coup d’état is the main way to get rid of the bloody dictatorship. It would be unprofessional not to discuss various scenarios for regime change in Belarus. But I repeat, anything can be discussed. But getting financial support and planning something is a completely different story,” Aliaksandr explained.
US Department of State on the assassination attempt on Lukashenko: it’s an absolute lie
The US Department of State called the statements that “the CIA or the FBI” were preparing the assassination of Lukashenko “absolutely false”.
The US Department of State spokesman stated: “We have seen reports in Russian state media on the alleged conspiracy against Alexander Lukashenko, as well as his direct statements about it in the media. Any suggestion that the US government was behind this or was involved in the attempted assassination of Lukashenko is completely false.”
US Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher is denied a visa
US Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher has not yet arrived in Minsk, as she does not have a visa. She talked about it in an interview with the National Public Radio of the USA. “The United States, for their part, are ready. I have been ready and we are waiting for the appropriate actions from the Belarusian side,” Fisher said in her statement.
However, Fisher has already figured out how to replace the trip to Minsk. “I am going to travel to Vilnius and Warsaw where I will engage directly with those allies who share our concerns about developments in Belarus,” Fisher says about her intentions to meet with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her staff.
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